Interactive Type Specimens: Klim

Curator: Scribble Tone
date: November 21, 2012
Categories: Experience Design, Typography
Tags: Interactive Type, Specimens, Typefaces
Just click and type!

We spend a lot of time looking at type. There’s something hypnotic about the black-and-white forms, and the complex system of type working together in the most efficient ways.

Traditionally, specimens have been a one-way street. The designer determines the format, and presents it in a way that hopefully highlights the strengths of the design. Sometimes that’s enough, but most of the time we need to touch it and play with it ourselves. 

Klim, with the help of Springload, has found a way to turn this into a two-way street, making the specimen itself editable.

Yes, type testers have existed for a long time, but they are clunky, and sometimes even destroy the quality of the type in efforts to prevent unlicensed usage.

With Klim’s system, you get the structure of a beautifully designed specimen, but you can control the words, size and style of the typeface itself through a delightfully intuitive interface. This is how all type testers should work! To top it all off, you can even send your creation to someone else, with just a url.

While you’re on the site, make sure to check out the rest of Klim’s typefaces. Many of our recent favorites can be found there.

See also: Letters from Sweden, another great interactive type specimen. 
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